A behind the scenes look at security during the Milton Christmas Parade

Published on December 07, 2017 with No Comments

Milton Police Chief Tony Tindell recently spoke about security during the Milton Christmas Parade. How secure are participants? What’s the procedure for officers?

Milton Police Chief Tony Tindell

Chief Tindell patiently described Milton Police Department’s procedure for the two major annual events: the Christmas Parade and July 4th Riverfest. He said all patrol officers work during those two events. Some are working overtime. For the Christmas parade, he said, the first thing the officers do is confirm the route of the parade. They then decide where street barricades are located and participants for staging. All officers will have either a location on the route or will be on patrol throughout the city.

“Planning for the event includes fail safes. If officers need back up elsewhere in the city, we know which areas on the route we can pull from and can be executed safely,” said Tindell.

As for this year’s parade, the chief said it was the biggest in recent history. “There were no major problems this year. A good crowd. It was a two hour parade and the weather was nice with a ton of people.” In years past, those parades weren’t so fortunate.

Tindell said the patrol’s job during the parade is to try to keep parade crowd safely away from the floats. “We try to keep an area big enough for the wheel walkers to walk safely beside the floats to ensure safety for both the crowd and participants,” he said.


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